Jon Stewart Calls GOP’s Immigration Shift ‘Craven Political Calculus’

January 30, 2013 8:56 p.m.

Jon Stewart on Wednesday took a look at the Republican Party’s change of heart on immigration. During the GOP presidential primary, candidates made promises to build a massive fence to keep immigrants out. But this week, a bipartisan group of senators are proposing a path to citizenship for the nation’s 11 million undocumented immigrants.“Why the sudden change, Republicans?” Jon Stewart said. “Perhaps you looked into your hearts and realized that people who are willing to risk prison or worse just to do our least glamorous, most dangerous work deserve at least a basic level of humanity.”

Or, as Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) put it recently, Republicans lost the Hispanic vote badly in 2012.

“Okay, or that,” Stewart said. “That’s another reason. Craven political calculation to squeeze out enough votes to make Nevada competitive again. Okay, that’s okay, too. Not sure that’s the reason you’re supposed to say out loud, but you’ve come a long way. Well, you’ve come a way. Yes, the arc of history is long, but it bends toward shamelessness.”

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